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President Ing-Wen Tsai was re-elected in the Taiwanese presidential election held in January 2020 with the largest number of votes ever won in the country's presidential election. Also, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) kept its majority in the legislative election that was held on the same day as the presidential election. This book explores the reasons for and the significance of the victory of President Tsai and the DPP in the context of Taiwan's internal affairs and the country's relationships with the United States and China. This book also examines issues to be addressed by the second Tsai administration.
Introduction The 2020 Taiwan Presidential Election and Challenges Facing the Second Term of the Tsai Administration
Chapter 1 Results of the 2020 Taiwan Presidential and Legislative Elections
Chapter 2 The Impact of US–China–Taiwan Relations on Tsai Ing-wen's Reelection
Chapter 3 Tsai Ing-wen’s Reelection and the Dilemma Between Prosperity and Autonomy: A Perspective on China–Taiwan Economic Linkages
Chapter 4 Economic and Social Issues During the Second Term of the Tsai Administration
Concluding Chapter Prospects for the Second Term of the Tsai Administration
The 2020 Taiwan presidential and legislative elections were held concurrently on 11 January 2020. Tsai Ing-wen won reelection as president, securing 57% of the vote and defeating Han Kuo-yu by 19 percentage points, while the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won 63 out of 113 Legislative Yuan seats. This report investigates the election campaign process and the factors that contributed to the victories of Tsai and the DPP in the 2020 election. The Introduction by Yukihito Sato presents the motivation behind this research project together with an outline of the volume. Chapter 1 by Yoshiyuki Ogasawara summarizes the election results, explains the factors underlying Tsai’s victory, and investigates the campaign process, in which DPP recovered dramatically from its defeat in the 2018 local elections. Chapter 2 by Yasuhiro Matsuda investigates Tsai’s victory by focusing on Taiwan’s foreign relations, namely, US–China–Taiwan relations and the impacts of the 2019 Hong Kong protests on the 2020 Taiwan election results. Chapter 3 by Momoko Kawakami explores recent changes in China–Taiwan economic relations to explain the factors underlying Tsai’s reelection. Chapter 4 by Yukihito Sato examines the first term of the Tsai administration with a special focus on socio-economic issues, and discusses challenges facing her second term. Chapter 5 by Yoshiyuki Ogasawara discusses the response of the Tsai government to the COVD-19 pandemic and investigates the prospects for her second term.